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Your First Chiropractic Consultation
A first consultation with one of our Chiropractors generally takes about an hour. The chiropractor will ask detailed questions about general health, lifestyle, emotional state, and medical and family history. He or she will also perform a physical examination, with the patient sitting, standing, walking and possibly carrying out other movements. Reflexes may be tested with a reflex hammer, and blood pressure may be measured. Some chiropractors also use X-rays and other conventional medical tests to help them make a diagnosis.
Later sessions usually last about 30 minutes. The number of treatments each person needs and how often they are needed depends on the problem. At the first treatment session, the practitioner will give an idea of the length of treatment required.
Payment for each treatment is normally required at each visit. The vast majority of the clinics accept credit/debit cards, cheques and cash. If you have insurance, e.g. BUPA or PPP the clinic staff will be happy to assist you in claiming your fees.
Treatment is usually carried out with the patient lying down in various positions. Chiropractors mainly use a manipulative technique on the spinal column and pelvic area consisting of short, rapid forceful movements called high-velocity thrusts. These are designed to realign and mobilise the spine, and may result in an audible sound - a clicking similar to knuckles being stretched.
Chiropractors also use a wide range of other techniques, from stretching of soft tissues and massage to rhythmic joint movements and manipulation, on other parts of the body as well as the back. And, they may use only gentle "release" techniques with some people, particularly children and older people. These are called "muscle energy" techniques and are used to release tension in specific muscles.
Chiropractic treatment is specifically formulated for each patient recognising that each case is distinctly different and that the needs of the individual will vary.
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